ACCRA, October 28, 2013 â€“ Delta Air Lines has introduced its new full flat-bed Business Elite seats on flights between Accraâ€™s Kotoka International Airport and New Yorkâ€™s John F. Kennedy Airport.
Delta will offer 400 full flat-bed seats per week for the business customer. In addition Delta has also invested in its economy class with seats that provide additional legroom, adjustable headrests, personal in-seat entertainment screens with over 350 films, 250 TV shows, 100 hours of HBO, 4,500 songs and 30 games as well as USB power at each seat. Delta operates a five time weekly nonstop service between Accra and New York-JFK with a Boeing 767-300 ER over the winter as well as a three weekly service between Accra and Monrovia, Liberia.
â€œDeltaâ€™s frequent business travelers tell us that the comfort of flat-bed seats with direct aisle access is a must have on flights to and from the U.S.,â€ said Perry Cantarutti, Deltaâ€™s senior vice president Europe, Middle East and Africa. â€œThe design of Deltaâ€™s new Business Elite seats optimizes each passengerâ€™s space, giving them privacy to work or relax in order to arrive at their destination ready for a dayâ€™s business.â€
Customers flying in Business Elite on Delta flights between Accra and New York-JFK will enjoy forward-facing seats that convert to a 180-degree fully flat-bed and offer direct aisle access in a 1x2x1 configuration. All feature a 10.6â€ individual screen and a broad range of on demand entertainment in addition to 110v AC power source and USB port.
Delta is also offering Westin Heavenly In-Flight bedding, designed and manufactured exclusively for Delta by Westin Hotels & Resorts, in Business Elite. In addition to the new Westin Heavenly In-Flight bedding, Business Elite passengers will receive Deltaâ€™s new amenity kit featuring Tumi and Malin+Goetz products such as Neroli Hand & Body Lotion and Lip Moisturizer, a Tumi eye mask, socks, shoe horn, shoe polish, comb, dental kit, tissues, antibacterial wipes, earplugs and a pen. The products will be contained in a Tumi case made from the brand’s exclusive, virtually abrasion-proof ballistic nylon fabric.
This investment can also be seen on the ground, with Business Elite customers travelling from New York being able to enjoy the newly extended Terminal 4 with a new Delta Sky Club which features a Sky Deck â€“ an outdoor airport terrace offering unprecedented runway views. From New York, passengers can conveniently connect to over 60 onwards destinations in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean.
â€œThere are strong business ties between Ghana and the United States and we continue to see a growing demand for premium travel on the trans-Atlantic,â€ said Bobby Bryan, Deltaâ€™s commercial manager West and East Africa. â€œThese product improvements will further enhance the overall customer experience for business travelers across Deltaâ€™s core business markets including Accra.â€
Additionally, customers flying in Economy Comfort, Deltaâ€™s premium economy service, benefit from up to four additional inches of legroom and 50 percent more recline than Deltaâ€™s standard international Economy class seats. Customers seated in Economy Comfort also board early and enjoy complimentary spirits throughout the flight.
Delta now operates service to five African cities in five countries with all the wide body aircraft featuring the full flat-bed business seat and enhanced economy class. Delta has grown from 22 weekly departures to and from Africa in December 2006 to more than 40 planned for winter 2013. Through the hubs in Atlanta and New York-JFK, Delta offers an unsurpassed network of hundreds of convenient onward connections.
About Delta Delta Air Lines serves more than 160 million customers each year. Delta was named by Fortune magazine as the most admired airline worldwide in its 2013 Worldâ€™s Most Admired Companies airline industry list, topping the list for the second time in three years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 312 destinations in 56 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industryâ€™s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with hubs in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City and Tokyo-Narita. Delta is investing more than $3 billion in airport facilities and global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on delta.com, Twitter @Delta, Google.com/+Delta and Facebook.com/delta.